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Develop your interest in philosophical questions through use of original source with Knowledge, Nature, and Norms. Concise, tightly edited selections focus on the essential elements of each philosophical argument. Although brief, this anthology covers a broad range of philosophical topics, including key topics in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, personal identity, and ethics. Witty chapter introductions draw you into key debates, while Reading Comprehension and challenging Review Questions emphasize key ideas and arguments. A robust companion website is also available. New to this Edition: The updated Chapter Introductions provide a basic but detailed overview of the issues, written in a manner that you will find both illuminating and informative Marya Schechtman's exposition of her narrative identity view has been added to Chapter p2 In Chapter 4, the authors have replaced Darrow's Leopold and Loeb defense with a new science fiction story by Greg Egan, called "Reasons to Be Cheerful," and have also added Susan Wolf's discussion of the metaphysics of responsibility Stump's article on the problem of evil has been replaced with Pereboom's more general discussion. Chapter 6 now features an expanded Descartes selection, which now includes more of Meditation II In Chapter 7, Benedict's piece on relativism has been replaced with Harman's very recent accessible defense. There is also anew a selection on ethical theory from W.D. Ross Book jacket.
Find everything you need for a solid introduction to philosophy with this brief, powerful text. One of the most concise introductory philosophy anthologies available, KNOWLEDGE, NATURE, AND NORMS: AN INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY, Second Edition features classical philosophy readings, short fiction, and literature from popular writers, as well as a wealth of effective learning tools. Concise, well-edited selections are designed to give first-time philosophy students what you need to succeed--a well-crafted focus on the essential elements of philosophical debate. Integrated learning tools, such as a comprehensive introductory essay at the beginning of the text, provides an overview of how to approach philosophy. Engaging Chapter Introductions highlight key arguments, while Reading Comprehension and Review Questions draw your attention to key ideas. A robust companion website further enhances learning with self-assessment exercises, study guides, and links to philosophical and other helpful resources. With this anthology, you'll find a complete range of philosophical topics, including key issues in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. This thorough introduction is all within a book that's one-third the length of a typical anthology for cost savings and unmatched clarity.
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Preface.1. INTRODUCTION.2. PERSONAL IDENTITY AND IMMORTALITY.Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, "The Meeting." Plato, "Phaedo." Clarence Darrow, "The Myth of the Soul." John Locke, "The Prince and the Cobbler." John Perry, "A Dialogue on Personal Identity and Immortality." Marya Schechtman, "Narrative Identity." Derek Parfit, "The Unimportance of Identity."3. THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM.Terry Bisson, "They're Made Out of Meat." J.J.C. Smart, "Sensations and Brain Processes." Brie Gertler, "In Defense of Mind-Body Dualism." A.M. Turing, "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." John Searle, "Minds, Brains, and Machines." David J. Chalmers, "The Puzzle of Conscious Experience." 4. FREE WILL, DETERMINISM, AND RESPONSIBILITY.Greg Egan, "Reasons to Be Cheerful." Baron d'Holbach, "The Illusion of Free Will." C. A. Campbell, "Has the Self 'Free Will'?" Walter T. Stace, The Problem of Free Will." Galen Strawson, "The Impossibility of Moral Responsibility." P. F. Strawson, "Freedom and Resentment." Susan Wolf, "Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility." 5. THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Rebellion." St. Anselm/Gaunilo, "The Ontological Argument/The Lost Island Objection." St. Thomas Aquinas, "The Cosmological Argument." William Paley, "The Teleological Argument. William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, "The Evidence of Miracles: An Exchange Between a Christian and an Atheist." Blaise Pascal, "The Wager." Simon Blackburn, "God." David Hume, "The Problem of Evil." Derk Pereboom, "Theodicies."6. KNOWLEDGE, SKEPTICISM, AND BELIEF.John L. Pollock, "A Brain in a Vat." Rene Descartes, "Within the Sphere of the Doubtful (Meditations I and II)." G. E. Moore, "Certainty." Peter Unger, "A Defense of Skepticism." William K. Clifford, "The Ethics of Belief." Peter van Inwagen, "Is It Wrong Everywhere, Always, and for Anyone to Believe Anything on Insufficient Evidence?"7. ETHICS.Plato, "The Myth of Gyges." Gilbert Harman, "Moral Relativism." Thomas Nagel, "Right and Wrong." J.S. Mill, "In Defense of Utilitarianism."Immanuel Kant, "The Moral Law and Autonomy of the Will." W.D. Ross, "What Makes Right Actions Right?" Nel Noddings, "An Ethic of Caring." Aristotle, "Virtue and Character."GLOSSARY.INDEX.